Staff Picks: May 2012

Stieg Larsson : The Real Story of the Man Who Played With Fire

Stieg Larsson : The Real Story of the Man Who Played With Fire Book Cover

Pettersson begins with Larsson's childhood in rural Sweden, his love of reading as a child, and his early career in journalism. He explores how Larsson's commitment to left-wing causes, social injustice, and work as an anti-fascist activist influenced his Millenium Trilogy. I found Larsson a very interesting and dedicated person, and this book has inspired me to read Larsson's novels.

The Snow Child

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Homesteaders in the Alaskan wilderness in the 1920's, Jack and Mabel live a quiet life of hard work and routine. They are still longing for a child and one snowy evening build a child out of snow. The next morning the child is gone but tiny footprints leading into the woods remain. The story develops with sightings and encounters and turns into a magical and meaningful tale of love and transformation.

The Ninth : Beethoven and the World in 1824

The Ninth : Beethoven and the World in 1824 Book Cover

Beethoven's 9th Symphony remains one of the most precedent-shattering and influential compositions in the history of music. It amazed and confused listeners at its premier in Vienna yet became a standard for subsequent generations of creative artists. The author treats this subject as part biography, part history, and part memoir - and explores the amazing talent of a composer who was already deaf but could produce such a masterpiece. Not an easy read but worth the effort.

City of Thieves

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Set during the Siege of Leningrad in WWII, City of Thieves is narrated through Lev, a young man caught looting a dead German soldier and his friendship with Kolya, a deserter of the Red Army. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are sent on an impossible mission to find two dozen eggs in Leningrad for the wedding of a colonel’s daughter. This journey of Lev and Kolya’s is one of humor, adventure, and tragedy as it keeps the reader guessing as to what Lev and Kolya will go through next in their mission to not only find two dozen eggs but save their lives as well.